Movie palace to reopen after $25 million renovation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The gild is back on the crown. Knoxville's grand old movie palace, the Tennessee Theatre - designated Tennessee's official theater in 1999 and a registered national landmark - has reopened after a nearly $25 million restoration.

Wipeout! 'Good Vibrations' arrives on Broadway
NEW YORK - We're not looking for depth, but a minimum amount of "Fun, Fun, Fun," would have been nice in "Good Vibrations," the bland new jukebox musical overloaded with more than 30 songs from the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson.

Movie palace to reopen after $25 million renovation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The gild is back on the crown. Knoxville's grand old movie palace, the Tennessee Theatre - designated Tennessee's official theater in 1999 and a registered national landmark - has reopened after a nearly $25 million restoration.

Movie palace to reopen after $25 million renovation

Wipeout! 'Good Vibrations' arrives on Broadway

Wipeout! 'Good Vibrations' arrives on Broadway
NEW YORK - We're not looking for depth, but a minimum amount of "Fun, Fun, Fun," would have been nice in "Good Vibrations," the bland new jukebox musical overloaded with more than 30 songs from the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson.

Play ball!

Play ball!
Augusta State's David Beumel beats the throw to Carson-Newman catcher Jonathan McMahon as the Jaguars' Chris Demons points to the missed tag.

Play ball!
Augusta State's David Beumel beats the throw to Carson-Newman catcher Jonathan McMahon as the Jaguars' Chris Demons points to the missed tag.

Offense still strong for Pacers
When outsiders look at his baseball team, Kenny Thomas knows they have two losses in mind.

Jags driven by desire to succeed

Offense still strong for Pacers
When outsiders look at his baseball team, Kenny Thomas knows they have two losses in mind.

Offense still strong for Pacers

Jags driven by desire to succeed
The loss still lingers in Sam Barth's mind. En route to a 9-6 defeat in last season's NCAA Division II Tournament opener against North Florida, Augusta State twice blew late-inning leads.

Jags driven by desire to succeed
The loss still lingers in Sam Barth's mind. En route to a 9-6 defeat in last season's NCAA Division II Tournament opener against North Florida, Augusta State twice blew late-inning leads.

Odds and Ends
MONROE, La. - Jerry Wayne Till managed to get away from sheriff's deputies and elude them briefly - until he called them for help after he got lost in the woods.

Joke on tax form cost city $5,500
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -Taxes are no laughing matter.

Odds and Ends
MONROE, La. - Jerry Wayne Till managed to get away from sheriff's deputies and elude them briefly - until he called them for help after he got lost in the woods.

Odds and Ends
GYPSUM, Colo. - A high school graduate has confessed to cheating on an English literature test - 47 years ago.

Joke on tax form cost city $5,500
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -Taxes are no laughing matter.

Odds and Ends
GYPSUM, Colo. - A high school graduate has confessed to cheating on an English literature test - 47 years ago.

Restrictions on alcohol sales benefit restaurants
Bars rule the roost when it comes to getting a stiff drink, most of the time.

Competition increases for biohazard cleanups
Sometimes death is messy. And when it is, it can prove lucrative for the companies charged with cleaning it up.

Greenspan expects U.S. trade deficit to improve
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday that a variety of factors from a weaker dollar to tougher budget discipline in Congress may finally start to restrain the explosive growth in the U.S. trade deficit.

Payrolls increase but pace of hiring remains sluggish

Productivity rises by 4.1 percent in 2004
WASHINGTON - The productivity of American workers, the critical component for rising living standards, increased by 4.1 percent in 2004, capping a remarkable three-year period in which worker efficiency climbed at the fastest pace in a half century.

Consumer optimism about the economy weakens
NEW YORK - Consumer optimism about the economy weakened in January, according to a report released Friday.

Telecom pulls out of Augusta
KMC Telecom is hanging up on Augusta. The company that provides local and long-distance phone service to business customers is selling its $23 million local fiber-optic phone network to Pittsburgh-based TelCove.

Tournament to allow for big revenues
A local soccer tournament will be kicking up business in Augusta.

Greenspan expects U.S. trade deficit to improve
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday that a variety of factors from a weaker dollar to tougher budget discipline in Congress may finally start to restrain the explosive growth in the U.S. trade deficit.

Productivity rises by 4.1 percent in 2004
WASHINGTON - The productivity of American workers, the critical component for rising living standards, increased by 4.1 percent in 2004, capping a remarkable three-year period in which worker efficiency climbed at the fastest pace in a half century.

Competition increases for biohazard cleanups
Sometimes death is messy. And when it is, it can prove lucrative for the companies charged with cleaning it up.

Hollywood Entertainment boss quits
PORTLAND, Ore. - The head of Hollywood Entertainment Corp. abruptly resigned a day after Blockbuster Inc. announced a hostile bid of nearly $1 billion for its smaller movie rental rival, which has already agreed to be acquired for less by a third rental industry player, Movie Gallery Inc.

Payrolls increase but pace of hiring remains sluggish
WASHINGTON - America's payrolls grew by 146,000 in January, a sluggish pace suggesting companies are reluctant to bulk up their work forces and highlighting the challenges faced by jobseekers. The unemployment rate fell as people left the job market.

Local gas chain will be bought
One of the last locally owned gas station chains is being sold.

Consumer optimism about the economy weakens
NEW YORK - Consumer optimism about the economy weakened in January, according to a report released Friday.

Competition increases for biohazard cleanups

Telecom pulls out of Augusta
KMC Telecom is hanging up on Augusta. The company that provides local and long-distance phone service to business customers is selling its $23 million local fiber-optic phone network to Pittsburgh-based TelCove.

Productivity rises by 4.1 percent in 2004

J.D Power: Hybrids to top out at 3 percent of U.S. market
DETROIT - Despite the growing popularity of hybrid vehicles and a slew of new models scheduled in the next few years, the fuel-saving vehicles will probably peak at roughly 3 percent of the total U.S. market by 2010, a new study from the forecasting arm of J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday.

Local gas chain will be bought

Local gas chain will be bought
One of the last locally owned gas station chains is being sold.

J.D Power: Hybrids to top out at 3 percent of U.S. market

Restrictions on alcohol sales benefit restaurants

J.D Power: Hybrids to top out at 3 percent of U.S. market
DETROIT - Despite the growing popularity of hybrid vehicles and a slew of new models scheduled in the next few years, the fuel-saving vehicles will probably peak at roughly 3 percent of the total U.S. market by 2010, a new study from the forecasting arm of J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday.

Telecom pulls out of Augusta

Restrictions on alcohol sales benefit restaurants
Bars rule the roost when it comes to getting a stiff drink, most of the time.

Greenspan expects U.S. trade deficit to improve

Sony to release PlayStation Portable next month
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sony Corp. said Thursday it will release the PlayStation Portable in North America on March 24 and have 1 million units ready for sale in the first week.

Consumer optimism about the economy weakens

Payrolls increase but pace of hiring remains sluggish
WASHINGTON - America's payrolls grew by 146,000 in January, a sluggish pace suggesting companies are reluctant to bulk up their work forces and highlighting the challenges faced by jobseekers. The unemployment rate fell as people left the job market.

Young Jaguars proving to be league contender

Kentucky rolling against SEC teams

Augusta in the race
It was no surprise that the Tour de Georgia put Augusta back on its race route this year, after bypassing the Garden City last year.

Stop unfair seizures

More sacrifices ahead
There's no doubt the high point in President Bush's State of the Union speech Wednesday night was the emotional embrace between the American mother of a Marine killed in Iraq and the Iraqi voting-rights activist whose father was murdered by former dictator Saddam Hussein.

More sacrifices ahead

Stop unfair seizures
It all seems so reasonable. The state is short on revenues to keep up with infrastructure needs.

Hang up, young drivers
That slow, weaving, erratic driver in front of you may not be drunk. He may be talking on a cell phone. But the results are pretty similar.

More sacrifices ahead
There's no doubt the high point in President Bush's State of the Union speech Wednesday night was the emotional embrace between the American mother of a Marine killed in Iraq and the Iraqi voting-rights activist whose father was murdered by former dictator Saddam Hussein.

Welcome home, BBB
It has been embarrassing - not to mention inconvenient - for Augusta, Georgia's second largest city, not to have a Better Business Bureau.

Stop unfair seizures
It all seems so reasonable. The state is short on revenues to keep up with infrastructure needs.

Actor John Vernon, Wormer of 'Animal House,' dies
LOS ANGELES - John Vernon, a stage-trained character actor who played cunning villains in film and TV and made his comedy mark as Dean Wormer in "National Lampoon's Animal House," has died. He was 72.

New releases are sure to stir emotions
This week, Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said the studio could, in the not-too-distant future, release The Song of the South on home video. The film, which has never been released in the U.S. market, has long courted controversy over what critics consider a soft-sell of the slave/master relationship in the American South. Mr. Cook's compromise? An introduction, much like the one accompanying the DVD release of Disney's World War II propaganda films, would place the movie in historical context. Intro or no, this film is sure to continue courting controversy. Here are some upcoming releases and events that, like Disney's animated tale of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox et al, are sure to engender some heated exchanges:

Actor Ossie Davis dies at 87
NEW YORK - Ossie Davis, the actor distinguished for roles dealing with racial injustice on stage, screen and in real life, has died, an aide said Friday. He was 87.

People in the News
OKLAHOMA CITY - A court hearing for former child star Macaulay Culkin on his drug possession case has been delayed until April so that lawyers can work on a plea bargain, court officials said.

People in the News
JACKSON, Miss. - Deanna Favre has faith. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, the 36-year-old wife of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre wears a bracelet in support of breast cancer awareness with the words "Hope, Faith and Love."

Johnny Carson's guest books to be auctioned
LOS ANGELES - Guest books that were signed by Johnny Carson's famous visitors to "The Tonight Show" and nearly tossed out in the 1960s may turn into treasure for their owner.

People in the News
JACKSON, Miss. - Deanna Favre has faith. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, the 36-year-old wife of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre wears a bracelet in support of breast cancer awareness with the words "Hope, Faith and Love."

New releases are sure to stir emotions
This week, Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said the studio could, in the not-too-distant future, release The Song of the South on home video. The film, which has never been released in the U.S. market, has long courted controversy over what critics consider a soft-sell of the slave/master relationship in the American South. Mr. Cook's compromise? An introduction, much like the one accompanying the DVD release of Disney's World War II propaganda films, would place the movie in historical context. Intro or no, this film is sure to continue courting controversy. Here are some upcoming releases and events that, like Disney's animated tale of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox et al, are sure to engender some heated exchanges:

Actor John Vernon, Wormer of 'Animal House,' dies
LOS ANGELES - John Vernon, a stage-trained character actor who played cunning villains in film and TV and made his comedy mark as Dean Wormer in "National Lampoon's Animal House," has died. He was 72.

People in the News
OKLAHOMA CITY - A court hearing for former child star Macaulay Culkin on his drug possession case has been delayed until April so that lawyers can work on a plea bargain, court officials said.

Actor Ossie Davis dies at 87
NEW YORK - Ossie Davis, the actor distinguished for roles dealing with racial injustice on stage, screen and in real life, has died, an aide said Friday. He was 87.

Playboy bunny meets Mickey when Hefner visits Disney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - At first, the contrast was laughable: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, accompanied by a bevy of bunnies, visiting Walt Disney World.

Students to pay more to live at Clemson University
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson University students will pay more to live on campus next year.

Plan would reduce guarantee benefits for younger workers
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration unveiled a host of details about its proposal to add personal accounts to Social Security, but key questions remain unanswered, including how much guaranteed benefits will be cut and how the plan will be paid for.

Dollar slide could mean higher prices for consumers
WASHINGTON - The once high-flying U.S. dollar, which has been dropping over the past three years, is likely to lose more altitude in the months ahead.

Pres. Bush wants to cut bank subsidies, loan program

Dollar slide could mean higher prices for consumers
WASHINGTON - The once high-flying U.S. dollar, which has been dropping over the past three years, is likely to lose more altitude in the months ahead.

Pres. Bush wants to cut bank subsidies, loan program
WASHINGTON - To get larger college grants to poor students, the Bush administration wants to shrink guaranteed aid to banks and end a popular loan program.

Plan would reduce guarantee benefits for younger workers
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration unveiled a host of details about its proposal to add personal accounts to Social Security, but key questions remain unanswered, including how much guaranteed benefits will be cut and how the plan will be paid for.

Pres. Bush wants to cut bank subsidies, loan program
WASHINGTON - To get larger college grants to poor students, the Bush administration wants to shrink guaranteed aid to banks and end a popular loan program.

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall for fifth straight week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a fifth straight week, but other shorter-term rates edged up a bit, influenced by the Federal Reserve's decision to raise a key rate it controls for the sixth time since last June.

Plan would reduce guarantee benefits for younger workers

Students to pay more to live at Clemson University

Dollar slide could mean higher prices for consumers

Students to pay more to live at Clemson University
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson University students will pay more to live on campus next year.

Warmer waters are expected
There's a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel called winter, and it's coming this weekend, if you can believe the weather forecasters.

Warmer waters are expected

Warmer waters are expected
There's a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel called winter, and it's coming this weekend, if you can believe the weather forecasters.

Tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Bright phlox blooms command attention
Horticulturists are always looking for "60-mile-per-hour plants," which means pretty flowers in the landscape that can divert your attention while you are zipping down the highway.

Perfecting home turf
Your odds of playing football in Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., where the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in the Super Bowl, are pretty much nil. On the other hand, the odds of having a lawn as green and lush as the turf there are a lot better.

Remove storm-damaged limbs to protect health of tree

Remove storm-damaged limbs to protect health of tree
I had some damage to a couple of pine trees during last week's ice storm. Do I need to remove the damaged limbs?

Bright phlox blooms command attention

Remove storm-damaged limbs to protect health of tree
I had some damage to a couple of pine trees during last week's ice storm. Do I need to remove the damaged limbs?

This bud's for you

Bright phlox blooms command attention
Horticulturists are always looking for "60-mile-per-hour plants," which means pretty flowers in the landscape that can divert your attention while you are zipping down the highway.

This bud's for you
Winter is a good time to look at some of the finer details of trees and shrubs -- their buds, for example.

This bud's for you
Winter is a good time to look at some of the finer details of trees and shrubs -- their buds, for example.

Perfecting home turf
Your odds of playing football in Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., where the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in the Super Bowl, are pretty much nil. On the other hand, the odds of having a lawn as green and lush as the turf there are a lot better.

Perfecting home turf

Mickelson takes lead at FBR Open

Mickelson takes lead at FBR Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The winds died down, and boy did Phil Mickelson come alive Friday at the FBR Open, tying the course record with an 11-under-par 60 in the second round.

Mickelson takes lead at FBR Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The winds died down, and boy did Phil Mickelson come alive Friday at the FBR Open, tying the course record with an 11-under-par 60 in the second round.

Josey star takes game to new level

Prep basketball scores

Thrashers' Heatley gets probation
ATLANTA - Graham Snyder lost his son when Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley crashed a convertible while speeding on a winding road. The father asked a judge Friday not to compound that loss by putting Heatley in jail.

Thrashers' Heatley gets probation
ATLANTA - Graham Snyder lost his son when Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley crashed a convertible while speeding on a winding road. The father asked a judge Friday not to compound that loss by putting Heatley in jail.

Thrashers' Heatley gets probation

Someone is stuck with your driving
I was working on a new theory of problem drivers. I noticed lately that many of the vehicles cutting me off, or passing me or tailgating, etc., seemed to sport Bush election bumper stickers.

Interstate 20 accident seriously injures Evans man
One of the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 was closed for more than an hour Friday morning as a result of a single-vehicle accident that left an Evans man in fair condition.

Train crew fired by Norfolk Southern
A Norfolk Southern Corp. spokesman confirmed Saturday the company has fired the three-man crew of the parked train under scrutiny for possibly failing to correctly set a railroad switch resulting in the deadly Graniteville train collision and chlorine spill last month.

Search for abducted teen continues; Levi's Call prompts statewide alerts
MACON, Ga. - Authorities continued the search Saturday for a 14-year-old girl abducted from her home during a home invasion.

Letter was just extremist invitation
So now The Augusta Chronicle is running free invitations/announcements in the Letters to the Editor section? "Come pray for an end to abortions" (Jan. 26) was a free ad, or invitation, for the CSRA Catholic Pro-Life Council announcing their protest at a legal health center. Ginger Sitler, Augusta

Gas deregulation is out of control
Public Service Commission members who voted to deregulate home gas prices have done a grave disservice to the citizens of Georgia.Julia Anne Mueller, Augusta

Letter was just extremist invitation
So now The Augusta Chronicle is running free invitations/announcements in the Letters to the Editor section? "Come pray for an end to abortions" (Jan. 26) was a free ad, or invitation, for the CSRA Catholic Pro-Life Council announcing their protest at a legal health center. Ginger Sitler, Augusta

Gas deregulation is out of control

Democrat criticism shows their loyalty
The Chronicle just can't keep from calling Democrats disloyal.Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Reporter tried to smear Cheeks
Respectfully, I must disagree with Dena Levitz's attempt to smear the reputation of Don Cheeks ("Sales of land lead to inquiry," Jan. 30).Chris Smith, Augusta

President's Iraq policy is justified

President's Iraq policy is justified
I have to make some comments to Anne Cook's article, "President's war agenda is evil" (Jan. 4). Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

Democrats spewed venom at Rice
Black Democratic voters hopefully watched the far-left wing of the Democratic Senate minority trash and insult Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who brings impeccable educational credentials and hands-on experience to the office of secretary of state.R.P. Schloesser, Augusta

Gas deregulation is out of control
Public Service Commission members who voted to deregulate home gas prices have done a grave disservice to the citizens of Georgia. Julia Anne Mueller, Augusta

Local Better Business Bureau returns
It is very encouraging to see the Better Business Bureau back in business in Augusta.Mark Alison, Augusta

Democrat criticism shows their loyalty
The Chronicle just can't keep from calling Democrats disloyal. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Letter was just extremist invitation

President's Iraq policy is justified
I have to make some comments to Anne Cook's article, "President's war agenda is evil" (Jan. 4).Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

Democrat criticism shows their loyalty

N.Y. Fashion Week opens with Kenneth Cole

Guys are joining the knitting craze

Style briefs

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley gave birth to her second daughter Jan. 27, two weeks before previewing her fall 2005 collection at New York Fashion Week. Rowley plans to go on with the show.

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley gave birth to her second daughter Jan. 27, two weeks before previewing her fall 2005 collection at New York Fashion Week. Rowley plans to go on with the show.

Guys are joining the knitting craze
CHICAGO - Eric Garcia and Matthew Kane are holed up in a classroom corner, chatting casually as they each knit a sock for a school project. They ponder the thought that their actions might be a little, well, unexpected.

N.Y. Fashion Week opens with Kenneth Cole
NEW YORK - True to her diva image, J.Lo is making us wait.

N.Y. Fashion Week opens with Kenneth Cole
NEW YORK - True to her diva image, J.Lo is making us wait.

Guys are joining the knitting craze
CHICAGO - Eric Garcia and Matthew Kane are holed up in a classroom corner, chatting casually as they each knit a sock for a school project. They ponder the thought that their actions might be a little, well, unexpected.

Company to stop making Crazy For You bear
MONTPELIER, Vt. - After weeks of protests, Vermont Teddy Bear Co. has agreed to stop producing and marketing a "Crazy For You" bear that had angered advocates for the mentally ill, four advocacy groups said Thursday.

T-shirts have become 'trendy' shirts
NEW YORK -Everyone's got them but no one has enough. That's the status of T-shirts in the American wardrobe.

Lynx forward makes return after injury
He sat around while his teammates bonded during practice.

'Blades wreck Lynx return

Lynx forward makes return after injury
He sat around while his teammates bonded during practice.

'Blades wreck Lynx return
To start the season, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia didn't think the team he had assembled would have too much trouble scoring goals. But through Christmas, the Lynx averaged just more than two goals a game.

'Blades wreck Lynx return
To start the season, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia didn't think the team he had assembled would have too much trouble scoring goals. But through Christmas, the Lynx averaged just more than two goals a game.

Lynx forward makes return after injury

Local, state officials discuss road project money

Schools work to recruit teachers
A teacher shortage has created a buyer's market for educators looking to land a job at a school system of their choosing.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of stabbing his girlfriend must await possible indictment and trial in jail, a judge ruled Friday.

Parking patrol

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Florence man has been sentenced to 20 years' probation after he pleaded guilty to four counts of securities fraud, Attorney General Henry McMaster's office said Friday.

Howe School's fate is up in air

More arrests possible in gambling case
A member of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office vice division said Thursday there is a "strong possibility" of additional arrests next week related to the Jan. 28 gambling bust that netted a former Augusta political candidate and a prominent businessman.

Across Georgia

Growth is cause of gas leaks
Pam Tucker says it's become an inevitability of growth for Columbia County - the gas leak.

Airports prepare for traffic increase
With only two months to go until the Masters Tournament, the area's airports are in the middle of crunch time.

Correction
A story in the Sports section of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle that reported Academy of Richmond County senior William Batson's signing of a soccer scholarship with Colgate University incorrectly identified the league in which the college competes.

Oconee County: 2nd-best rural spot in the nation
ATHENS, Ga. - Oconee County was ranked as the next-to-best rural county in the nation in terms of livability by the Progessive Farmer magazine.

Seismic devices record tremors

Lawyers argue for release of suspect

Across the area
AIKEN - Authorities this morning identified three men who were killed Wednesday night in a two-car collision.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day

Officers testify about Burke's arrest

Across the area

Report studies bases as one entity

Woman pleads guilty in deal

It's no bluff; poker bets are all illegal
For those new card sharks who recently have discovered the joys of Texas Hold 'Em and other forms of poker, Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has a sharp, simple warning.

Parking patrol
Steven Jowers stays warm despite the cold, damp weather Thursday as he monitors the parking lot at 10th and Ellis streets for Sandwich City.

Growth is cause of gas leaks

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it seized 125 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in DeKalb County with a street value that ranged from $4.5 million to $12.7 million depending on how it was packaged for sale.

Controversial bill gets Senate support
ATLANTA - Legislative proposals to overhaul medical-malpractice lawsuits and place tighter restrictions on abortions moved closer to becoming reality last week as the Georgia Legislature continued its 40-day work session.

Howe School's fate is up in air
AIKEN - The John de la Howe School may soon answer to a different batch of bosses if a plan from Gov. Mark Sanford passes the state Legislature.

Study: Area faces increased tree loss
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia faces the loss of millions of acres of forest land over the next decade, and some of the most rapidly changing areas might be counties around Athens, according to a new study by a pair of forest economists at the University of Georgia and the U.S. Forest Service.

Controversial bill gets Senate support

News you can use

Panel examines U.S. division

Seat belt law widens scope
Georgia and South Carolina are buckling down on buckling up. Earlier this week the South Carolina Senate passed a tougher seat belt law that will allow police to stop adult drivers who are not wearing one.

Fort Gordon soldiers receive medals

County issues list of pre-K program sites
Richmond County school officials have released a list of 33 sites for pre-kindergarten classes.

Report studies bases as one entity
ATLANTA - In defending Georgia's 13 military installations against the possibility of closure, state officials think they have a secret weapon: a report that turns upside down the criteria for the base evaluation being used by the Pentagon.

Howe School's fate is up in air
AIKEN - The John de la Howe School may soon answer to a different batch of bosses if a plan from Gov. Mark Sanford passes the state Legislature.

Interstate accident
An air-ambulance helicopter transported Allen Price, 21, to the hospital after the truck he was a passenger in flipped on Interstate 20 in Grovetown.

Report studies bases as one entity
ATLANTA - In defending Georgia's 13 military installations against the possibility of closure, state officials think they have a secret weapon: a report that turns upside down the criteria for the base evaluation being used by the Pentagon.

Schools work to recruit teachers
A teacher shortage has created a buyer's market for educators looking to land a job at a school system of their choosing.

Woman pleads guilty in deal
A woman who aided a homicide suspect in fleeing the area pleaded guilty Friday to hindering the apprehension of a criminal.

Wrightsboro Road wreck
Rescue workers and firefighters remove a victim from the scene of an accident on Wrightsboro Road.

Case against principal is thrown out
A judge has dismissed the case against the Glenn Hills Middle School principal, who is accused of attacking a pupil.

Officers testify about Burke's arrest
The tip that would lead to Ronald F. Burke in the disappearance of a pregnant nurse last April failed to inspire the lead investigator at first, he testified Thursday.

News you can use

Lawyers argue for release of suspect
Defense attorneys argued in federal court Thursday for the release of a man under indictment for weapons possession.

Jacksonville has strict bikini laws

Fort Gordon soldiers receive medals
Members of the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion received awards for valor and heroism Friday after an eventful yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Study: Area faces increased tree loss

Schools work to recruit teachers

Hospital asks for better contract
St. Joseph Hospital is trying to get a better rate out of one of its larger insurance providers.

Wrightsboro Road wreck

Teen is charged in bomb threats

County issues list of pre-K program sites

Two workers moved from DFCS office

Utility dispute delays project

Agency to use funds to attract company

Across South Carolina

Panel examines U.S. division
When it comes to the nation's cultural divide, race, religion and media are three prime reasons why the chasm is so wide, noted a panel of educators at a race relations forum at Augusta State University on Friday.

Airports prepare for traffic increase

Fort Gordon soldiers receive medals
Members of the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion received awards for valor and heroism Friday after an eventful yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Correction

Utility dispute delays project
Make no mistake about it, the few workers who are out on Warren Road these days are not there to do physical labor.

Woman pleads guilty in deal
A woman who aided a homicide suspect in fleeing the area pleaded guilty Friday to hindering the apprehension of a criminal.

Seat belt law widens scope

Oconee County: 2nd-best rural spot in the nation
ATHENS, Ga. - Oconee County was ranked as the next-to-best rural county in the nation in terms of livability by the Progessive Farmer magazine.

Across South Carolina

Panel examines U.S. division
When it comes to the nation's cultural divide, race, religion and media are three prime reasons why the chasm is so wide, noted a panel of educators at a race relations forum at Augusta State University on Friday.

Interstate 20 accident seriously injures Evans man

Case against principal is thrown out
A judge has dismissed the case against the Glenn Hills Middle School principal, who is accused of attacking a pupil.

Local, state officials discuss road project money
ATLANTA - Before they dug into barbecue, asphalt was on the menu for Augusta commissioners making their annual trip to the Capitol on Thursday.

News you can use
- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Two workers moved from DFCS office
Two administrators at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services have been reassigned months after the conclusion of a state investigation over allegations of mismanagement, altered records and practices endangering children.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

It's no bluff; poker bets are all illegal
For those new card sharks who recently have discovered the joys of Texas Hold 'Em and other forms of poker, Capt. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has a sharp, simple warning.

Jacksonville has strict bikini laws
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bikini laws are pretty tight here. "Full coverage of the buttocks" is required, according to city law.

Airports prepare for traffic increase
With only two months to go until the Masters Tournament, the area's airports are in the middle of crunch time.

Case against principal is thrown out

Utility dispute delays project
Make no mistake about it, the few workers who are out on Warren Road these days are not there to do physical labor.

Interstate accident

County issues list of pre-K program sites
Richmond County school officials have released a list of 33 sites for pre-kindergarten classes.

It's no bluff; poker bets are all illegal

Local, state officials discuss road project money
ATLANTA - Before they dug into barbecue, asphalt was on the menu for Augusta commissioners making their annual trip to the Capitol on Thursday.

Kid of the Day
Syriah Marie Collier is today's Kid of the Day.

Kid of the Day
Syriah Marie Collier is today's Kid of the Day.

Oconee County: 2nd-best rural spot in the nation

Agency to use funds to attract company
AIKEN - The city's independent economic agency is prepared to sink as much as $250,000 into a speculative building that has been on the market for more than a year to lure an out-of-state paint shop to town.

News you can use
¤The Valentine's countdown is on, and with the 14th falling on a Monday this year, getting flowers delivered will take a little planning. Here's some advice from the Society of American Florists to make ordering the perfect bouquet less thorny.

Officers testify about Burke's arrest
The tip that would lead to Ronald F. Burke in the disappearance of a pregnant nurse last April failed to inspire the lead investigator at first, he testified Thursday.

Teen is charged in bomb threats
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a 13-year-old boy Thursday in three bomb threats during the past two months at Glenn Hills Middle School.

Teen is charged in bomb threats
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a 13-year-old boy Thursday in three bomb threats during the past two months at Glenn Hills Middle School.

Agency to use funds to attract company
AIKEN - The city's independent economic agency is prepared to sink as much as $250,000 into a speculative building that has been on the market for more than a year to lure an out-of-state paint shop to town.

Jacksonville has strict bikini laws
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bikini laws are pretty tight here. "Full coverage of the buttocks" is required, according to city law.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Duke Power will not cut off the electricity of customers 65 or older this winter, one of several policy changes resulting from the death of an 89-year-old Greenville woman whose power had been disconnected because of unpaid bills.

Lawyers argue for release of suspect
Defense attorneys argued in federal court Thursday for the release of a man under indictment for weapons possession.

Across the area
AIKEN - Authorities this morning identified three men who were killed Wednesday night in a two-car collision.

Two workers moved from DFCS office
Two administrators at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services have been reassigned months after the conclusion of a state investigation over allegations of mismanagement, altered records and practices endangering children.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it seized 125 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in DeKalb County with a street value that ranged from $4.5 million to $12.7 million depending on how it was packaged for sale.

Authority seeks fund source
A major challenge facing the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area will involve creating a sustainable funding source after the federal law that created it expires in 2012, Canal Authority members were told Thursday.

Seismic devices record tremors
In the back yard of an Evans neighborhood, a gray device resembling an ice chest was attached by a wire to a one-foot-diameter cylinder resembling a large orange Thermos.

Wrightsboro Road wreck
Rescue workers and firefighters remove a victim from the scene of an accident on Wrightsboro Road.

News you can use
The Valentine's countdown is on, and with the 14th falling on a Monday this year, getting flowers delivered will take a little planning. Here's some advice from the Society of American Florists to make ordering the perfect bouquet less thorny.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Duke Power will not cut off the electricity of customers 65 or older this winter, one of several policy changes resulting from the death of an 89-year-old Greenville woman whose power had been disconnected because of unpaid bills.

Kid of the Day
Brandie Lin Peachey is today's Kid of the Day.

Parking patrol
Steven Jowers stays warm despite the cold, damp weather Thursday as he monitors the parking lot at 10th and Ellis streets for Sandwich City.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Florence man has been sentenced to 20 years' probation after he pleaded guilty to four counts of securities fraud, Attorney General Henry McMaster's office said Friday.

Growth is cause of gas leaks
Pam Tucker says it's become an inevitability of growth for Columbia County - the gas leak.

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Study: Area faces increased tree loss
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia faces the loss of millions of acres of forest land over the next decade, and some of the most rapidly changing areas might be counties around Athens, according to a new study by a pair of forest economists at the University of Georgia and the U.S. Forest Service.

Correction
A story in the Sports section of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle that reported Academy of Richmond County senior William Batson's signing of a soccer scholarship with Colgate University incorrectly identified the league in which the college competes.

Seismic devices record tremors
In the back yard of an Evans neighborhood, a gray device resembling an ice chest was attached by a wire to a one-foot-diameter cylinder resembling a large orange Thermos.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A wall-sized mural designed to commemorate one of the University of Georgia's first black students might be modified after being deemed racist.

Seat belt law widens scope
Georgia and South Carolina are buckling down on buckling up. Earlier this week the South Carolina Senate passed a tougher seat belt law that will allow police to stop adult drivers who are not wearing one.

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of stabbing his girlfriend must await possible indictment and trial in jail, a judge ruled Friday.

Interstate 20 accident seriously injures Evans man
One of the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 was closed for more than an hour Friday morning as a result of a single-vehicle accident that left an Evans man in fair condition.

Controversial bill gets Senate support
ATLANTA - Legislative proposals to overhaul medical-malpractice lawsuits and place tighter restrictions on abortions moved closer to becoming reality last week as the Georgia Legislature continued its 40-day work session.

Kid of the Day
Brandie Lin Peachey is today's Kid of the Day.

Interstate accident
An air-ambulance helicopter transported Allen Price, 21, to the hospital after the truck he was a passenger in flipped on Interstate 20 in Grovetown.

News you can use
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Group planning film screening to protest copyright laws
NEW YORK - The documentary "Eyes on the Prize," is lauded as the quintessential work on the civil rights movement, but don't expect to buy a new copy or watch it on PBS any time soon. Legally, that is.

At the Movies: 'Boogeyman'

Group planning film screening to protest copyright laws

At the Movies: 'Boogeyman'
"Boogeyman" is one of those horror movies in which everyone would be fine if they just turned on the light.

At the Movies: 'Boogeyman'
"Boogeyman" is one of those horror movies in which everyone would be fine if they just turned on the light.

Group planning film screening to protest copyright laws
NEW YORK - The documentary "Eyes on the Prize," is lauded as the quintessential work on the civil rights movement, but don't expect to buy a new copy or watch it on PBS any time soon. Legally, that is.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony pair up for Grammys
NEW YORK - Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who have been mum on their reported marriage, will perform together for the first time at the Grammy Awards later this month.

With 'American Idiot,' Green Day at top of their game
NEW YORK - It took just a glance backstage at MTV's New Year's Eve bash for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to pinpoint the career stages of other acts on the bill.

With 'American Idiot,' Green Day at top of their game

With 'American Idiot,' Green Day at top of their game
NEW YORK - It took just a glance backstage at MTV's New Year's Eve bash for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to pinpoint the career stages of other acts on the bill.

Duke fans will be ready for Tech
ATLANTA - Anthony McHenry claims he doesn't hear the Cameron Crazies' chants.

Kentucky rolling against SEC teams
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Even by Kentucky's lofty standards, what the Wildcats have done to the Southeastern Conference opponents lately is impressive. Just ask the coaches of the league's other teams.

Young Jaguars proving to be league contender
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Kentucky rolling against SEC teams
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Even by Kentucky's lofty standards, what the Wildcats have done to the Southeastern Conference opponents lately is impressive. Just ask the coaches of the league's other teams.

Young Jaguars proving to be league contender
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Falcons' Dunn: NFL Man of Year

Emmitt Smith calls it a career

Hometown heroes go different ways

Mr. Ervin Sims    (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)
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Mrs. Blanche Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elsie Johnston    (LUMBERTON, N.C.)

Mrs. Mary McMurtrie    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Brenda Kent    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Sanford Ray    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie James Brown, Jr.    (NEWPORT, TN.)

Mrs. Ethel Caraway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Robin Graham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta Porter Abbott    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Willie M. Smith    (JUNCTION CITY, Kan.)
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Mr. Archie Whitfield    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin E. Rutland    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Anderson Joyner    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Geneva Meriweather    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Haun    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Eunice R. Fort    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leondias "Lee" Carter    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Avant    (DEEPSTEP, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie M. Sapp    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Wood    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Teresa Ann Berry    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Archie Whitfield    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alice B. Austin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Margaret Baxley Vandergrift    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Avant    (DEEPSTEP, Ga.)
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Mrs. Geneva Meriweather    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Artemis O. Badmagharian    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn S. Reynolds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Leola C. Orr    (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Juanita Bishop Newberry    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Manfredi    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby J. Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Brendan Holt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Caraway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cindy Clark Lynch    (THUNDERBOLT, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Wood    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Scarborough    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Helen Anderson Joyner    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Shipley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Christine M. Simpers    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Frank A. Gause    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Wood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ervin Sims    (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mr. John Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary West Howard    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Geneva Meriweather    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George Williams, Jr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pansy King Winfrey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Iris B. Friday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine M. Simpers    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Anthony Haun    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Shipley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Porter Abbott    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Kathleen Fowler    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary McMurtrie    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Robin Graham    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Miss Brenda Kent    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank A. Gause    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alex Hazuda, Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathleen Fowler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary West Howard    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. George Williams, Jr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Iris B. Friday    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ray DeLaigle    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr.    (PENN HILLS, Pa.)
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Ms. Willie M. Smith    (JUNCTION CITY, Kan.)

Mrs. Eunice R. Fort    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. J.C. Scarborough    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Robin Graham    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mr. Walter Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Brendan Holt    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Cleo Reddick Kelly    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Willie James Brown, Jr.    (NEWPORT, TN.)
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Mr. William Prescott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Johnston    (LUMBERTON, N.C.)
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Mrs. Carolyn W. Morgan    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Landers    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Neva P. McDaniel    (MODOC, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Manfredi    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillian Landers    (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Neva P. McDaniel    (MODOC, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie James Brown, Jr.    (NEWPORT, TN.)

Mrs. Geneva Meriweather    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Robin Graham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn W. Morgan    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr.    (PENN HILLS, Pa.)

Mrs. Leola C. Orr    (BRUNSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Cindy Clark Lynch    (THUNDERBOLT, Ga.)

Mr. Sanford Ray    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruby J. Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Prescott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Artemis O. Badmagharian    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Cleo Reddick Kelly    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alice B. Austin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn S. Reynolds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Walter Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Calvin E. Rutland    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie James Brown, Jr.    (NEWPORT, TN.)
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Mrs. Lillian Landers (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Johnston (LUMBERTON, N.C.)

Mr. Charlie Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McMurtrie (AIKEN, S.C.)

Brendan Holt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary West Howard (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Manfredi (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Archie Whitfield (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Scarborough (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Meriweather (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Brenda Kent (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Artemis O. Badmagharian (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Williams, Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie James Brown, Jr. (NEWPORT, TN.)

Mrs. Helen Anderson Joyner (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Anthony Haun (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Wood (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ervin Sims (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank A. Gause (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Avant (DEEPSTEP, Ga.)

Mrs. Robin Graham (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Cindy Clark Lynch (THUNDERBOLT, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine M. Simpers (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Robin Graham (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Meriweather (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Shipley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn S. Reynolds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sanford Ray (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn W. Morgan (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Leola C. Orr (BRUNSON, S.C.)

Mr. William Prescott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Caraway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie James Brown, Jr. (NEWPORT, TN.)

Mrs. Eunice R. Fort (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin E. Rutland (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen Fowler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Neva P. McDaniel (MODOC, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr. (PENN HILLS, Pa.)

Mrs. Alberta Porter Abbott (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Willie M. Smith (JUNCTION CITY, Kan.)

Ms. Iris B. Friday (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice B. Austin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Cleo Reddick Kelly (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby J. Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Rogers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cates: Ringmaster to 'last big variety show'

Academy to settle producer credit dispute
LOS ANGELES - In an industry where the egos behind the camera can be as big as those in front of it, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is settling a dispute over who deserves "producer" credit for films.

Cates: Ringmaster to 'last big variety show'
LOS ANGELES - If you want to know what kind of Oscar show to expect from Gil Cates, think of him ordering the orchestra to play off Michael Moore two years ago as the director shouted "Shame on Bush!"

Critics upset over dark plot twist in 'Baby'

Critics upset over dark plot twist in 'Baby'
LOS ANGELES - Not everyone is in Clint Eastwood's corner as his acclaimed boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby" heads into the Academy Awards.

Group decides producer credits for nominated films
LOS ANGELES - Michael Mann and Graham King will be eligible to receive an Oscar if their film, "The Aviator," should win the best picture award this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided Thursday.

Academy to settle producer credit dispute
LOS ANGELES - In an industry where the egos behind the camera can be as big as those in front of it, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is settling a dispute over who deserves "producer" credit for films.

Academy to settle producer credit dispute

Cates: Ringmaster to 'last big variety show'
LOS ANGELES - If you want to know what kind of Oscar show to expect from Gil Cates, think of him ordering the orchestra to play off Michael Moore two years ago as the director shouted "Shame on Bush!"

Critics upset over dark plot twist in 'Baby'
LOS ANGELES - Not everyone is in Clint Eastwood's corner as his acclaimed boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby" heads into the Academy Awards.

Arsenal soccer event in year 20

Overtime

Players sign big-time offers

German boxing great Max Schmeling dies at 99

Players sign big-time offers
The state of soccer in the Augusta area took a dramatic header forward Thursday morning at Richmond Academy.

Arsenal soccer event in year 20
With the Super Bowl a day away, most of the country is concentrated on what is referred to internationally as American football.

German boxing great Max Schmeling dies at 99
BERLIN - Max Schmeling wanted to be a heavyweight champion, not a symbol of Nazi supremacy.

Arsenal soccer event in year 20
With the Super Bowl a day away, most of the country is concentrated on what is referred to internationally as American football.

Overtime
Lakeside High graduate Reese Hoffa put a spark into the Millrose Games in New York on Friday by winning the shot put with a personal-best of 70 feet, 11¼ inches.

Overtime
Scott Pruett managed only one fast lap, and it was good enough to put his Lexus-Riley Daytona Prototype on the pole for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

German boxing great Max Schmeling dies at 99
BERLIN - Max Schmeling wanted to be a heavyweight champion, not a symbol of Nazi supremacy.

Players sign big-time offers
The state of soccer in the Augusta area took a dramatic header forward Thursday morning at Richmond Academy.

Overtime
Lakeside High graduate Reese Hoffa put a spark into the Millrose Games in New York on Friday by winning the shot put with a personal-best of 70 feet, 11¼ inches.

Prep basketball scores
Here are prep scores from Friday's games:

Prep basketball scores
Here are prep scores from Friday's games:

Josey star takes game to new level
The reason why the Josey Eagles are perfect starts with Dominique Archie. The South Carolina-bound senior has scattered his game all over the stat sheet for the Eagles this year.

Josey star takes game to new level
The reason why the Josey Eagles are perfect starts with Dominique Archie. The South Carolina-bound senior has scattered his game all over the stat sheet for the Eagles this year.

Emmitt Smith calls it a career
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith retired Thursday, calling his 15-year career "a tremendous ride."

Hometown heroes go different ways
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a two-hour flight from Philadelphia, Lito Sheppard grabbed a window seat on the team bus.

Falcons' Dunn: NFL Man of Year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Warrick Dunn's best friend - his mom - died before realizing a dream of becoming a homeowner, leaving her heartbroken 18-year-old son to raise five younger brothers and sisters.

Emmitt Smith calls it a career
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith retired Thursday, calling his 15-year career "a tremendous ride."

Hometown heroes go different ways
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a two-hour flight from Philadelphia, Lito Sheppard grabbed a window seat on the team bus.

Owens has role in Philly's plan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - To win the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles need lots of T.O. and no TOs.

Falcons' Dunn: NFL Man of Year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Warrick Dunn's best friend - his mom - died before realizing a dream of becoming a homeowner, leaving her heartbroken 18-year-old son to raise five younger brothers and sisters.

Debates show fascination with Bible-linked materials
An ancient fortress, a burial box and a piece of cloth - historical remains related to the Bible never cease to provoke heated debate, whether the discoveries are thought to be tantalizing clues, cynical hoaxes or just archaeological mistakes.

Soul-searching churches find their purpose
As one famous Christian, Marshall McLuhan, said, "The medium is the message." How a congregation determines its identity impacts how effective it is in delivering its message.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited.

'Inclusive' Bible follows Protestants' lead
Should the Bible call God the "Father" or "Lord"? Should Jesus be termed the "Son" of God or "Son" of "Man"? Should masculine words such as "king" and "kingdom" be allowed? Should Holy Writ have so many male pronouns?

Bible translation aimed at young people
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - For 40 years, John Stek has spent his spare time going over the Bible word by word, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, trying to make it easier to read and understand.

Bible translation aimed at young people
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - For 40 years, John Stek has spent his spare time going over the Bible word by word, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, trying to make it easier to read and understand.

Terrorists place little value on life
As long as we are granted and seek to honor the basic premise for all human beings, "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness," then we have no basis for taking the life of another.

Soul-searching churches find their purpose
As one famous Christian, Marshall McLuhan, said, "The medium is the message." How a congregation determines its identity impacts how effective it is in delivering its message.

Clerics differ on prayer's effect on Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA -- When Bishop Alden A. Gaines withdrew to his prayer closet two weekends ago, his spiritual wings began flapping hard.

Debates show fascination with Bible-linked materials
An ancient fortress, a burial box and a piece of cloth - historical remains related to the Bible never cease to provoke heated debate, whether the discoveries are thought to be tantalizing clues, cynical hoaxes or just archaeological mistakes.

Convention president details agenda
The General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia was organized in Augusta about 135 years ago to provide Christian education for black Baptists.

Faith digest
The youth group at St. Mark United Methodist Church on Washington Road and others across the area will have their soup pots out for the souper bowl of caring Sunday.

Clerics differ on prayer's effect on Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA -- When Bishop Alden A. Gaines withdrew to his prayer closet two weekends ago, his spiritual wings began flapping hard.

'Inclusive' Bible follows Protestants' lead
Should the Bible call God the "Father" or "Lord"? Should Jesus be termed the "Son" of God or "Son" of "Man"? Should masculine words such as "king" and "kingdom" be allowed? Should Holy Writ have so many male pronouns?

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited.

Terrorists place little value on life
As long as we are granted and seek to honor the basic premise for all human beings, "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness," then we have no basis for taking the life of another.

Federal code changes could provide state tax relief
Q: I'm getting ready to file my 2004 federal income taxes. Are there any changes in the tax code I should know about?

NFL to "Let It Be" with Sir Paul on halftime stage
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A year removed from the Janet Jackson debacle, the NFL has come up with the perfect way to clean up its act at halftime of the Super Bowl: Hire a British knight to entertain.

'Star Trek: Enterprise' to end journey in May

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 24-30. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

'Star Trek: Enterprise' to end journey in May
LOS ANGELES - After four years, the mission is over for "Star Trek: Enterprise."

Ratings for basic cable networks

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 24-30. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Ned Flanders in the spotlight on 'The Simpsons'
NEW YORK - Good heavens! Ned Flanders has come into his own. A zealous instrument of God, Ned has long been instrumental to "The Simpsons" as it lampoons organized religion (that is, when not mocking virtually every other human institution, from business to democracy to its own TV network).

NFL to "Let It Be" with Sir Paul on halftime stage

Inside the relaunch of MTV's little brother
NEW YORK - Inside the giant factory of cool known as MTV headquarters, a crew of hip twentysomethings has been hard at work creating a two-headed monster.

'Star Trek: Enterprise' to end journey in May
LOS ANGELES - After four years, the mission is over for "Star Trek: Enterprise."

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
The place: Two problem-beset sections of San Francisco - Chinatown and Hunter's Point, identified as the city's last slum.

Ned Flanders in the spotlight on 'The Simpsons'

Ned Flanders in the spotlight on 'The Simpsons'
NEW YORK - Good heavens! Ned Flanders has come into his own. A zealous instrument of God, Ned has long been instrumental to "The Simpsons" as it lampoons organized religion (that is, when not mocking virtually every other human institution, from business to democracy to its own TV network).

Inside the relaunch of MTV's little brother

Inside the relaunch of MTV's little brother
NEW YORK - Inside the giant factory of cool known as MTV headquarters, a crew of hip twentysomethings has been hard at work creating a two-headed monster.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
The place: Two problem-beset sections of San Francisco - Chinatown and Hunter's Point, identified as the city's last slum.

NFL to "Let It Be" with Sir Paul on halftime stage
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A year removed from the Janet Jackson debacle, the NFL has come up with the perfect way to clean up its act at halftime of the Super Bowl: Hire a British knight to entertain.

People in the News

People in the News

New releases are sure to stir emotions

Actor Ossie Davis dies at 87

Actor John Vernon, Wormer of 'Animal House,' dies

Joke on tax form cost city $5,500

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Faith calendar

Clerics differ on prayer's effect on Super Bowl

Terrorists place little value on life

Bible translation aimed at young people

'Inclusive' Bible follows Protestants' lead

Soul-searching churches find their purpose

Debates show fascination with Bible-linked materials